This month we interview Bill Morach, winner of the 2018 PNWPGA Horton Smith award! This award goes to a PGA model educator. Bill is the model for “lifelong learning”. He has all six PGA Certifications, and he requires his staff to gain PGA certification as well. In 2018 the Section and Oregon Chapter education committees, both led by Bill, provided education opportunities to over 250 members and associates.

Facility: Eugene CC

Hometown:  Originally from Oak Harbor, WA.  

PGA Member Since:  2004

Tell us a little bit about your career. Who or what inspired you to become a PGA Professional? 

I was going to graduate school studying biomechanics, kinesiology and exercise physiology.  At the same time, I was teaching basic physical education classes at Central Washington University.  My addiction to golf was off the charts.  My studies, addiction and teaching skills collided and started me on a path toward becoming a golf professional. 

What do you feel is the most valuable to PGA Professionals in achieving PGA Certification or continuing education in general? 

When you love something, you want to learn more about it.  There is so much to learn about this game and this industry, that it requires you to constantly and consistently stayed engaged.  I encourage my Assistant Golf Professionals to add one certificate or “resume builder” each off-season.  There are so many ways to improve yourself – the Certified Professional Program, Trackman certificates, SAM Putt Lab, the new Rules of Golf and TPI training just to name a few.  In a matter of just a few years, they will have separated themselves from the pack and made themselves more marketable to future employers.  A PGA Professional in today’s world needs to always challenge herself/himself to be better.

Thank you, Bill Morach!